School of Social Sciences and International Studies

Hispanic Studies Graduate Certificate

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Why Choose Hispanic Studies?

Wright State’s Hispanic Studies graduate certificate provides an in-depth study of the Spanish language and Iberian and Latin American literature, film, business, written and oral expression, history, and phonetics.  

In this program, you will:

  • Advance your understanding of Spanish language and literature in a global context
  • Further writing and research skills appropriate to professional use
  • Achieve a near-native mastery of the Spanish language as well as a nuanced understanding of cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world. 

This certificate is suitable for graduate students wishing to meet requirements to teach Spanish or College Credit Plus courses in Ohio. This certificate also will provide currently licensed Ohio teachers the means to obtain the credentials to teach College Credit Plus courses in Spanish in Ohio. The courses are designed to provide rich cultural and literary content in the target language, reflecting the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world.  

Contact Information

Melissa Doran, Ph.D.

Ksenia Bonch Reeves, Ph.D.

Damaris Serrano, Ph.D.


The Hispanic Studies certificate will greatly expand your career options in a wide range of fields. Sample careers include: 

  • College Credit Plus teacher (Ohio)
  • Foreign language or ESL teacher
  • Bilingual doctor
  • Bilingual lawyer
  • Translator/interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Business executive
  • Engineer
  • Public relations officer

Real-World Experience

You will enjoy a plethora of study abroad options, from short-term professor-led experiences to semester-long programs abroad. You can experience Spanish and Hispanic culture firsthand, gain a professional level of linguistic and cultural competence, and enhance your career possibilities. 

Consult the modern languages website's study abroad page,  the University Center for International Education (UCIE) Study Abroad website or French faculty members for study abroad opportunities. 

If you wish to hone your teaching skills, you can enroll in a Spanish Instruction Practicum. Working with a faculty mentor, you will observe elementary and/or intermediate level classes and develop and teach mini-units on culture, language, and literature using the Proficiency Method and the National Standards for Language Teaching.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Hispanic Studies Certificate program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog. 

Admission Requirements

  • The graduate certificate program requires acceptance by the Graduate School as a non-degree student.
  • You must have earned at minimum a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
  • A supplemental Department of Modern Languages application with a 1-2 page personal statement in Spanish is required.
  • You must pass a department administered Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Test with a minimal Intermediate High rating or the equivalent.
  • If you are a currently licensed Spanish teacher, you may bypass the above testing requirement.


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